One of the greatest problems faced by developing countries is the high rate of road traffic deaths. Although they only count half of the world’s cars they, they actually account for 90% of all annual road deaths.
There are three groups, which make up the most vulnerable: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. They account for about 50% of all road accident deaths in the world. In total, we are talking about 130,000 annual deaths, which is why the United Nations has set a goal of reducing this by half by 2020.
Recently, we were discussing the celebration of the INTER-CISEV Congress on South American Road Safety organized by The Ibero-American Road Institute, The National Confederation of Driving Schools (CNAE), The Spanish Foundation for Road Safety (FESVIAL) and the MAPFRE FOUNDATION. Although the law, in most instances is very clear, better road education is needed so that people comply with it to save lives.
It is also necessary to have a better understanding of why these accidents occur to take action to stop them before they happen. This is why the MAPFRE FOUNDATION has produced a report, together with The Federation of Ibero-American Associations against Road Violence (FICVI) in which a general analysis is made from the perspective of the victims of actual accidents in 13 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela). The report represents and important step towards “ A road map for comprehensive care of the victims”, also offering some proposals to improve the development of the 5th element of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action on Road Safety 2011-2020. Further information can be found using the following link.